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Frederick William Bassett

(GREENWOOD, S.C.) Frederick William Bassett, 87, died June 24, 2002, at his home in Greenwood, S.C.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, July 5, at 2 p.m. EDT in the chapel at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. The family will receive friends in the parlor immediately following the service.

An Alabama native, Fred earned four academic degrees, including a Ph.D. in Biblical literature from Emory University. During his 21 years at Limestone College, he served as professor of religion and philosophy, chair of the Division of Humanities and vice-president for institutional advancement. He enjoyed a 21-year residency at Hilton Head Island, serving as executive director of the Hilton Head College Center and director of Hilton Head Horizons, an elder hostel program. In retirement, he moved to Greenwood to be closer to his grandchildren. He was a member of several writers’ groups and book clubs, including one at First Baptist Church, where he was a member. In the latter half of his life, Fred became an accomplished author and poet.

He is survived by six siblings, Martha Pollard, Lynda Anderson, Paul Bassett, Kathy Roberts, John Bassett and Joan Ray; sons, Michael and Jonathan (Lori); and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Frederick Bassett and Mary Izora Barsh Bassett, and wife of 61 years, Peggy Roberts Bassett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any charitable institution, including the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Endowment or First Baptist Church of Greenwood.

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